The UK Royal Navy’s Type 45 or Daring-class destroyer, HMS Dauntless, has completed three-month sea trials to test the capabilities of its new engines.

After completing trials around the UK, the ship has now returned to its homeport in Portsmouth.

The new engines have been equipped as part of the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) Power Improvement Project (PIP), which is being delivered by BAE Systems, BMT Defence Services and Cammell Laird.

A contract for the PIP-related work was awarded by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) in 2018.

The associated work involved replacing the two original diesel engines with three new more powerful and cleaner generators.

In addition, one of the ship’s storerooms has been transformed into a high-voltage switchboard to manage the extra power generated.

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HMS Dauntless commanding officer commander Ben Power said: “PIP has provided extra flexibility and power that ‘future proofs’ the class for next 20 to 30 years.”

Following its return, HMS Dauntless will undergo maintenance and receive other system upgrades until the end of this year.

Once maintenance is complete, the Daring-class destroyer will undergo trials, training and evaluation early next year to prepare for its worldwide deployment later in the year.

At present, Type 45’s lead ship, HMS Daring, is undergoing PIP in Birkenhead, while HMS Dragon is receiving new engines under a broader refit work at BAE Systems’ facility in Portsmouth.

In a separate development, Canadian firm Kraken Robotics has participated in the Royal Navy’s WILTON Industry Show and Experiment (WISEX) in collaboration with Elbit Systems UK.

The companies demonstrated the KATFISH high-speed towed synthetic aperture sonar system integrated with Seagull, an uncrewed surface vessel (USV).

The event allowed participants to showcase their respective autonomous mine countermeasures systems in Scotland’s west coast area of naval exercise.